How to heat your kitchen

kitchen heating

Your kitchen is very often the room you spend the most time in, so naturally you want to make sure it is comfortable and welcoming year round. Although cooking can help generate some extra heat, in order to keep your kitchen consistently warm during the winter months, especially in the chilly UK,  you’ll most likely need to supplement that with central heating.

Where to place kitchen radiators

If you opt for a radiator rather than underfloor or plinth heating, you’ll need to find a good spot for it. Finding space for a radiator in the kitchen can sometimes be a challenge, as there is already so much else in there. Between them, kitchen units, appliances, seating areas and other furniture take up a lot of room, making it difficult to find wall space for a radiator.

It’s usually a good idea to place a heater underneath a window, as the convection currents help to distribute heat around the rest of the room. However in a kitchen there’s a good chance that you will have your sink or worktop underneath the window, so it may not be practical to situate your radiator there.

If you have a kitchen island, this can often be a good spot for a radiator. Particularly if it is a designer or period style radiator, you can make a nice feature of it in the centre of your kitchen. Choosing a colour that matches your kitchen units or worktop will ensure that it doesn’t look out of place and instead adds a touch of style.

Alternatively, if you have a slim section of wall available a vertical designer radiator can look very elegant without taking up much room. Either choose a colour to complement your existing kitchen decor or one that contrasts in order to really make a feature of it. Modern designer radiators are surprisingly powerful for their size so you can expect to get excellent heat output from even a very slimline design.

If you have a breakfast bar in your kitchen, then situating a radiator underneath it is another great option. The benefits are threefold. Firstly you use space that can’t really be used for much else because it is behind the seating. Secondly the heat will be directed horizontally by the worktop rather than just rising upwards to the ceiling, so will heat the kitchen better overall. And having the radiator in front of the seating will keep anyone sitting at the breakfast bar lovely and cosy.

Other options for kitchen heating

If none of these locations suit your kitchen layout, then there are other options available.

Underfloor heating is a very practical option for kitchens. Although it’s expensive to install, if you do it in conjunction with overhauling your kitchen flooring then it can be an excellent way to heat your kitchen without taking up any space.

Plinth heaters are also a good option for kitchens. Also known as toe kick heaters, they go in the area where your plinths are so you won’t even notice them.

And for those of you who love to cook and have always had your heart set on a range cooker that heats the room as well as the water, then this could be another alternative that doesn’t take up additional room.

Heating your kitchen effectively doesn’t require any compromise on style. Whichever option you go for you can keep your kitchen warm and cosy and keep it looking great too.

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